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Call Quality

Although it’s still not perfect, we prefer the call quality of the new Moto G more than its predecessor. From the sound of it, Motorola has tweaked the quality, just because the original was plagued with noise and hollow sounding voices.


Considering that both phones are stuffed with the same 2070 mAh battery, we’re not too shocked to find that the older model outlasts the newer one in the battery life department. Due to its larger sized screen, the new Moto G taps out at 6 hours, 17 minutes in our battery benchmark test – while the original reaches 7 hours, 12 minutes.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Motorola Moto G (2014)
6h 17 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto G
7h 12 min (Average)


Motorola has seemingly found success in the entry-level market, and it obviously shows with its Moto G smartphones. Before its introduction, owning a decent performing basic smartphone meant forking over $200 to pick up – so the feeling felt rewarding when we found out that the original model would bear an easy-to-pay price of $179.99. Of course, Motorola realized this advantage and has once again graced its new Moto G with the same, lovely price point.

Now the dilemma that faces us is whether the new model has enough goodies to make it worthwhile over last year’s model. Indeed, its $179.99 is tempting, but there are several outlets, both online and retail, where the original model is selling for far less – as in near or hovering around the $100 mark. Bearing that in mind, we can argue that the original model continues to offer a whole lot of value of the buck, which is does.

In looking at their specs sheet, there aren’t a whole lot of changes to the new model. Heck, it features the same processor and battery capacity as its sibling, but it comes in a larger package. Quite simply, that’s going to be the differentiator when looking at these two, since the new Moto G is equipped with a more spacious 5-inch screen – in comparison to the original’s 4.5-inch one. Sure, there are also other reasons why you ought to choose the newer model, like the fact that it has a microSD card slot, dual speakers, and better call quality, but for some folks, the humbler performance and offerings of the 2013-made Moto G are enough to keep them content.

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